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Funk/Soul Guitar Workshop
by Manuel Breu
Hallo, my name is MANU and I’ve written an workshop concerning the topic funk/soul guitar...Hope you have fun...
One mistake, made by many funk-starter is, that they try to set accents with their right hand. The right hand should almost always stroke permanently up and down.
Try this before you start!
Put your metronome to let's say 90 bpm, mute the strings with your left hand and play 16th (count: 1 e+e 2 e+e 3 e+e 4 e+e). Try to do this first of all with all strings; if you can do this well, only “scratch” the high e- and b-string, but try to stroke over (!!!) the other strings (don’t touch them!) Then, if you can do this well, only play the high e-string;
These muted notes you are playing now are called Ghost Notes; These are a very important part at playing funk-guitar.
The movement should be made 45° corner to the strings, not in 90°, like you would do it, playing western guitar. It should look like this:
The movement should come out of your wrist. It should feel a bit like turning a key.
The next step is setting accents: A good exercise for practicing this are these ones…don’t forget that you should permanently stroke up and down.
Now you are able to play real 16th grooves...
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